Innovation & Industry

EU-China 29-05-2020

Breton: With better information from China and WHO, we would have been better prepared

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, told EURACTIV.com in an interview that Europe could have been better prepared to face the COVID-19 if China and the World Health Organisation had offered “better and more reliable information earlier”.
Digital 26-05-2020

Breton renews calls for a single European patent system

The EU should speed up plans to create a single European patents system because the current setup is "too expensive and fragmented," Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has said.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

Europe should temporarily ban Chinese takeovers, Weber says

The European Union should impose a temporary ban on Chinese takeovers of companies that are currently undervalued or have business problems because of the coronavirus crisis, the leader of the bloc's largest political alliance said on Sunday (17 May).
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2020

EIT Crisis Response Initiative: €60 million for Europe’s innovators

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will mobilise €60 million to support European entrepreneurs and innovators. The EIT’s Crisis Pandemic Initiative, launched on Thursday (14 May), aims to support start-ups, expanding businesses, SMEs and new innovative projects based on a greener and more sustainable approach.
Coronavirus 06-05-2020

The only way out is together

Protecting the EU's single market and Recovery Fund capable of delivering massive investment and promoting convergence are among the measures needed to ensure that EU countries recover from the coronavirus pandemic together, writes Elisa Ferreira.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

Tackle the pandemic by innovating, says European tech institute

In the innovation sector “reorientation” is a keyword, as different sectors of society try to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.
Transport 21-04-2020

Breton promises support to Europe’s tourism, mulls sustainable tourism summit in autumn

As tourism is one of the hardest-hit sectors in the current health crisis in Europe, a special summit in September or October could be organised to deal with the fallout of the pandemic, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told MEPs on the European Parliament's Transport Committee on Tuesday.
Digital 20-04-2020

One year of EU copyright reform: Is the Internet still working?

A year ago, EU copyright law was reformed under strong protest and with a narrow majority in the EU Parliament. Germany is still working on implementation, but civil society is already preparing to fight the directive in court. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2020

Belgian start-up scene calls for ‘life support’ amid COVID-19 crisis

More than 400 founders and leaders of Belgian start-ups have launched a call on the country's federal and regional governments to support startups and scaleups with additional government aid to avoid their decline during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
Digital 30-03-2020

Does Europe lack a financial market for photonics?

The photonics industry is an emerging but already consolidating market, with more than 100 acquisitions per year. But does Europe lack a financial market for the technology? EPIC's Carlos Lee explores.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Happy as a ‘sandbox’: Bulgaria’s tech upsurge

The creation of a "sandbox" - a safe environment where FinTech companies can test their products - is big news for Bulgaria and the entire tech community in Central and Eastern Europe, write Eduard Tsvetanov and Filip Genov.  

Can EU’s new industrial strategy accelerate Germany’s green transition?

With its new industrial strategy, the European Commission wants to promote climate-friendly innovations, unlocking billions in investment into clean technologies. However, it remains unclear how companies will be supported in the transition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 10-03-2020

Commission pledges action to ensure companies survive coronavirus

European Commission is “extremely mobilise” to ensure that big companies and SMEs survive the economic impact of coronavirus, commissioner for Industry Thierry Breton said on Monday (9 March).
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

Breton wants EU industrial policy to focus less on consumers, more on businesses

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, wants to put businesses back at the heart of the European Commission's industrial strategy, with less emphasis on reducing consumer prices. EURACTIV France reports.
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Economy & Jobs 28-02-2020

Building Digital Solutions in Construction

In an increasingly digital global economy, new technologies have a lot of benefits to offer Europe. European Standards (ENs) are on the forefront to make new technologies trustworthy and safe.
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Economy & Jobs 26-02-2020

Will the EU Industrial Strategy be a strategy?

The EU has decided to take the lead in transforming to a new model. The Green Deal will only be an economic success if the EU Industrial Strategy ensures industry competitiveness throughout this massive transformation.
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5G 26-02-2020

How Europe’s AI strategy is getting it right

The European Commission’s new White Paper may be the most ambitious yet realistic government strategy for AI we have seen. Qualcomm’s commitment to expand its already AI R&D efforts in Europe are well aligned with its core values.

Europe’s top firms must double low-carbon investment – study

Europe's top companies need to more than double their current level of spending on low-carbon projects to meet the European Commission's flagship goal of 'climate neutrality' by 2050, according to a report released on Tuesday (25 February).
Economy & Jobs 25-02-2020

Science could become collateral damage of Brexit

A no-deal Brexit at the end of the year, or even a minimal, thin-deal Brexit, with no provision for cooperation on science, innovation and other crucial fields, would deliver a serious blow to economic competitiveness in the UK and the EU, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
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Economy & Jobs 17-02-2020

What does the EU Green Deal mean for European Industries

The European Green Deal presents an opportunity to manage the ecological transition with a new circular economy action plan and an industrial strategy which enables the green and digital transformation. Such a deep transformation will not be possible without the...
Circular economy 04-02-2020

MEPs push for raw materials focus in EU’s new industrial strategy

Foreign competition and access to raw materials top the agenda for steelmakers and other basic industries as they await European Commission plans to accompany the EU Green Deal.
Batteries 03-02-2020

Macron cuts ribbon on first battery mega-project

French President Emmanuel Macron attended on Thursday (30 January) the ground-breaking ceremony for a new battery factory in southwest France: the first real result of an EU-led policy aimed at boosting the industry and helping it withstand global competitors.
Circular economy 23-01-2020

Apple pushes back against EU common charger, warns of innovation risks

iPhone maker Apple on Thursday (23 January) pushed back against EU lawmakers’ call for a common charger, warning the move could hamper innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste and irk consumers.

EU Green Deal can help set the tone for CEOs in Davos

The European Green Deal gives CEOs a major opportunity to lead their companies in ways that can build their brands while also cutting carbon. So what, exactly, should they do? Thomas Pellerin-Carlin and Peter Sweatman have three suggestions.
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